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Selfishness
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[German Version]

The term selfishness denotes the disastrous focus of finite persons on their own selves (Self), perverting their creaturely self-love through inversion of the proper relation between relationship to God, the world, and self.

1. When one’s relationship to God is subordinated to relationship to oneself or is replaced entirely, selfishness manifests itself as hubris, the desire to be like God (Gen 3:5), spiritual pride, and self-righteousness. Theologically, therefore, there has been a tendency to identify selfishness with sin per se (Augustine, Puritanism [Purit…

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Huxel, Kirsten, “Selfishness”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 August 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124806>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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